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John M. Gradwohl Jr., also known as Professor Phineas T. Bubblemaker, performed during last year’s Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival in City Park.

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival to be held this weekend

PARKERSBURG — The 22nd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival will feature three days of food, fun, entertainment and activities at City Park in Parkersburg. This year’s festival runs Friday through Sunday, with free admission all weekend. The hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 ...

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Civil War re-enactors perform a battle last year near Henderson Hall to commemorate West Virginia becoming a state during the Civil War. This year’s event will be Saturday and Sunday.

Civil War re-enactment to be held at Henderson Hall

BOAZ — The annual Civil War Re-enactment Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday at Henderson Hall on Old River Road at Boaz. The event is put on by Henderson Hall in association with Carlin’s Battery D of Artillery and Western Virginia Artillery. The re-enactment is free and open to the ...

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Newport residents Arden Wince and his wife Ginger get some fishing done at Buckeye Park’s pond on Wednesday in Marietta. The pond will be the site of the annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday.

Kids Fishing Derby set for Marietta on Saturday

MARIETTA — Lines will be getting wet, worms will be the bait and fish will be biting on Saturday for the 12th annual Kids Fishing Derby at Marietta’s Buckeye Park. “We usually have between 75 and 100 kids show up. It’s always such a fun event,” said Peoples Bank associate Connie ...

Storyteller to visit Ripley

RIPLEY — Storyteller and historian Jerry Vencill is bringing “Rev. Amos Skilett” to Ripley. Skilett is the portrayal of an Appalachian circuit rider from the 1800s. The horseback preachers would travel hundreds of miles across the region to share the gospel in rural areas not yet served ...

Wood County musicians to open for Travis Tritt in Marietta

MARIETTA — Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy of Wood County are opening as special guests for Travis Tritt at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta at 8 p.m. Friday. This concert opens the theater’s Summer-Fall Season. Tritt’s solo acoustic performance was part of the theater’s grand reopening in ...

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Douglas P. Reed plays world traveler Phileas Fogg.

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to go ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

PARKERSBURG — A visit to the Actors Guild of Parkersburg over the next two weekends will feature a whirlwind trip “Around the World in 80 Days.” Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. June 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. June ...

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The United States Air Force Heritage Band’s Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre. The free show is sponsored by the Smoot Theatre and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

United States Air Force jazz ensemble to perform in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The United States Air Force Heritage Band’s Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform in a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The concert is sponsored by the Smoot Theater and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which has brought many ...

West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival slated

ST. MARYS — The 2017 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina. The event features two days of competition for fishermen from around the region, with the final weigh-in on Sunday, along with activities and entertainment at the St. Marys ...

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The Bonie Lee Bolen art exhibit will be on display through June at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg. The exhibit may be view during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bonie Lee Bolen artwork on display in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Bonie Lee Bolen art exhibit will be on display through the month of June at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. The exhibit may be view during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bolen has been painting ...

Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser launches Friday

MARIETTA — The boat hasn’t yet sailed for a good cause and good music and food. The Jazzin’ Up the Museums fundraiser on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will begin boarding at 6 p.m. Friday and reservations are still being accepted, according to Christina Tilton, director of marketing for ...

Coolville Founders Day to be celebrated

COOLVILLE — The annual Coolville Founders Day celebration will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be concessions, entertainment and activities throughout the day. Activities will include a cruise-in, parade, horseshoe pitching tournament, kid’s activities, karaoke, a tractor show, ...

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Visitors to the Taste of Parkersburg receive a wine or beer glass for sampling the different beverages.

Taste of Parkersburg to be held Friday, Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The 12th annual Taste of Parkersburg will be June 3, bringing top quality food and wines to downtown Parkersburg. Organized by Downtown PKB, the Taste will be joined by two related events on the night before, the kickoff of this summer’s Point Park Concert Series on June 2 ...

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Atticus, a dog taken to the Humane Society of Parkersburg nearly dead from abuse and starvation and later restored to health, led last year’s Walk Your Paws parade at City Park in Parkersburg. This year’s Elinor K. Ross Walk Your Paws will be Saturday.

Walk Your Paws scheduled for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Humane Society of Parkersburg will be hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Elinor K. Ross Walk Your Paws, on Saturday. “The Wizard of Pawz” is a fun 2-mile run/walk fundraiser for both families and animals staying at the shelter. The fundraiser ...

“N. Congress Street” oil by Gary Pettigrew

Parkersburg Art Center displays new exhibits

PARKERSBURG — Three new exhibits will open at the Parkersburg Art Center, with a reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. On display in the Main and Boll Galleries are works by Gary Pettigrew, retired head of the Fine Art Department at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and by Chris Dutch and ...

Victorian Spring Tour, Tea to be held in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will holds its annual Victorian Spring Home and Garden Tour and Tea on Saturday and Sunday. During the event, visitors can take self-guided tours of the historic district in downtown Parkersburg from 1-5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 ...

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Schrader Youth Ballet dancers, front row: Emily Bond, Isidora Diaz, Ella Horton; second row, Naomi Potts, Josie Augenstein; back row, Lydia Ellis, Cadence Kline, Riley Karcher and Adelyn File.

Schrader Youth Ballet to perform at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Schrader Youth Ballet will present its 51st annual End-Term Spring Performance at The Smoot Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. Elena Musser will perform her Senior Dance of The Blue Bird Variation from “Sleeping Beauty.” A recent graduate of Meigs High School, she has accepted a ...

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Civil War Living History Day will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27 at Henderson Hall in Boaz on River Road off West Virginia 14. Re-enactors from Carlin’s Battery will portray life during the Civil War.

Henderson Hall to hold events

BOAZ — Three events are slated in May and June at the historic Henderson Hall on River Road off West Virginia 14. The Pioneer Antique Auto Club will hold its annual Henderson Hall Antique Car Show starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Roy Meredith, organizer, is looking ...

Free movies available at Parkersburg parks

PARKERSBURG — A local non-profit has teamed up with a local volunteer organization to bring four free movies to Parkersburg’s parks beginning Friday. The Wood County Family Resource Network and Friends of Parkersburg’s Parks will present four titles rotated in four of the city’s parks ...

River Cities Symphony ‘Goes Broadway’

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley’s hometown River Cities Symphony Orchestra continues its 2016-2017 season with a fun Broadway-themed Summer Pops concert. The Pops Go Broadway Concert will be 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St., Marietta. Tickets are $15, $20 and ...

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The VanDevender Student Art Exhibit will be on display during May at WesBanco Bank.

VanDevender Student Art Exhibit displayed at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The VanDevender Student Art Exhibit will be on display during May at WesBanco Bank located at 415 Market Street. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Sixth grade exhibitors are: ...